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Volunteering Matters

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Volunteering Matters invites all people aged 18-35 to experience the challenge, excitement and reward of helping people in need. Each year it places hundreds of volunteers away from home on full-time projects throughout the UK, supporting adults or children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, also young people who are in care or in trouble, the elderly and homeless people. Volunteers work hard, have fun and gain valuable experience volunteering away from home for six to twelve months. Applications are welcome throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to be flexible about their hours but are not expected to volunteer for more than 35-40 hours per week. Accommodation and subsistence is provided which includes food (or £40/week to buy food ) and £35/week towards day to day expenses along with full support, relevant training and a certificate. Placements provide excellent work experience for a variety of careers including social work, youth work, healthcare, teaching and many more. No experience or qualifications are required to join the programme, just commitment and a willingness to be flexible and open minded. Applications welcome from UK or EEA nationals who are applying from the UK. Volunteering Matters is a registered charity.

TIME FOR GOD

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Quality Volunteering Changes Lives

We are a charitable organisation based in the UK and recruit dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers matching them to full-time, long-term placements. We aim to enable people to grow professionally, personally and spiritually through full-time voluntary service.

TFG currently hosts around 100 volunteers per annum within its core young adult volunteer programme, most serving in the UK.

Volunteers come to us from many different countries …

UK, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Poland, Uganda, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Norway, Italy, Estonia, Israel, France, Mexico, Belgium, Germany & New Zealand.

Training and support is central to TFG’s philosophy, so each volunteer attends 2 residential conferences to meet other young adults and to hear about a range of issues relevant to their situation. The staff team keep in touch with volunteers in their placements by phone and email, and the Field Officers visit them through the year to check all is going well.

Volunteer placements include churches of most “flavours”; youth work; residential care of elderly, adults with learning difficulties and/or other special needs; activity centres and projects; debt counselling work; YMCAs; rehabilitative projects for a range of substance abuses; and so on.

We see it as our role to help each volunteer explore their faith journey, starting from where they themselves are, rather than where we would like them to be. Thus we welcome young people from all the mainstream Christian traditions, and both those with a passionate/personal faith and those with a more casual/nominal approach or no faith at all – and all points in between – with the understanding that we are all committed to exploring or journeying together.

We are therefore balancing our personal faith positions with the need to enable our volunteers to find their own paths – of which we are a part.

MENCAP

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Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their family and carers. We work with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose. We are an individual membership organisation, with more than 500 affiliated groups. Mencap's mission is to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability, their families and carers. Mencap's vision is a world where everyone with a learning disability has an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect, with the support that they need. Mencap is a membership organisation; membership is open to all approved and properly constituted groups. There are volunteering opportunities across the organisation in local groups, campaigning, fundraising, with children and young people, at Gateway clubs (leisure and sports). Volunteering with all ages from children to the elderly. Throughout the country there are over 500 local groups and clubs offering a wide range of activities for varying age groups, covering leisure, sports, arts, and other recreational activities. They are a bridge into the local community giving groups and individuals the opportunity to take part in community activities as any other person or group would. Volunteers looking to work with vulnerable adults or children will be asked to apply for a criminal records check. To welcome, help and support our volunteers in their roles we offer accessible information, support and training on things such as Health and Safety Awareness, being an advocate, a supporter and a campaigner.

CAMEROONIAN ACTION FOR AIDS, WELFARE & RETURN HOME (CAAWRHO)

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Cameroonian Action for Aids Welfare and Return Home (CAAWRHO) is a registered charity in UK under the Registration No: 1115448 which aims to alleviate asylum seekers and refugees from Africa and Cameroon in particular living in the UK. Our team of expects provide advice, support and information on education and training, employment, sponsorship, integration with Communities, health and nutrition and income generation etc. CAAWRHO was founded in 2006 by a group of Cameroonians living in the UK. CAAWRHO Trust was established in 2006 for public benefit in United Kingdom. We work with local authorities in UK and abroad to identify orphan children up to the age of 12 in Cameroon who have no visible means of support. Many of these children are victims of the scourge HIV/ AIDS that is taking a terrible toll throughout Cameroon, asylum seekers and refugees from Africa living in UK particularly those from French speaking African Countries. By relieving such persons who are in need of education and training, employment, income generation, poverty and sickness. We provide advice, support and information. We also respond to disasters and emergencies, CAAWRHO promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities.

AGE UK HARROW

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Age UK Harrow (formerly known as Age Concern Harrow) is an independent charity which exists to serve the interests of all older citizens in and around the borough of Harrow, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. We provide a wide range of services for older people, from information and advice to volunteering opportunities and support for those who are housebound and isolated.

Our mission is to promote the well-being of older residents of Harrow and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience with the help of wonderful volunteers, such as yourself! Many of our volunteers feel they have become more involved in and contributed to the community and have met new people as well as gained valuable skills from volunteering with us.

Our aims are:
-To support older people to ensure that they get the most from life.
-To provide information and advice of interest to older people.
-To provide a range of services for older people.
-To influence local government and public opinion and policy to the benefit of older people.
-To ensure our volunteers have an enjoyable experience, achieving the full outcome of their reasons for volunteering.

Futureversity Tower Hamlets (Formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University)

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Futureversity Tower Hamlets pioneers innovative approaches to independent learning for 11 to 25 year olds. A programme of free courses and activities combining academic and vocational study, performing and visual arts, music, sports, information technology, new media, personal development, entertainment and volunteering opportunities takes place each year. THSU is embarking on its tenth successive year and is firmly established as an organisation with a strong identity and appeal for young people. The success of Tower Hamlets Summer University has inspired over 16 London Boroughs to develop their own schemes based on the THSU model, engaging and benefiting thousands of young people across the capital. In December 2002 THSU gained Quality in Study Support status (QiSS) as an ‘established’ centre of Out of School Hours Learning, the first Summer University in the country to enter for this kite mark and to succeed. THSU aims to: Promote independent learning. Raise achievement. Promote racial tolerance and good community relations. Increase access to educational opportunities through creative partnerships between all sectors, statutory, voluntary, business and industry. Involve young people in the organisation's development. One of the biggest successes of the Summer University has been the Peer Motivator scheme. Up to 50 young people aged 15-23 volunteer during the summer and approximately 60 young volunteers participate in our Community Peer scheme beginning September. The Unboxed programme selects 10 - 15 young people annually.

ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON

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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

ZSL Vision:

A world where animals are valued, and their conservation assured.

ZSL Mission:

To promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats

HERTS INCLUSIVE THEATRE

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Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT) is an award winning inclusive theatre company that gives children and young people the opportunity to participate in dance, drama and music in an inclusive environment. Each individual is valued for their capabilities and their contribution to the group. HIT provides an inclusive atmosphere, we offer a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where children and young people are able to express themselves without feeling any prejudice or judgement. We welcome children with any ability and have those with learning and physical impairments taking part on an equal level to those without, something they may not get the opportunity to do elsewhere. We encourage children from all backgrounds and schools to mix and make friends.

RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL

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Help combat child poverty in Nepal. Your volunteering will help to supply water and sanitation to schools and rural families and prevent child deaths. Give your time to help us enable children from poorer families to attend primary school.

If you are applying to the World of Difference scheme we can work with you to develop a realistic and worthwhile project for your application. We would like to hear from you.

We need help with:1. Promoting Life in Nepal teaching resources. 2.Recruiting members and other volunteers 3. Fundraising in your local area.4. Developng our monitoring and impact measurement procedures 5. Funding applications and budget preparation.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Many of our volunteers work from home and make a significant difference to our work. A computer and a phone enable you to help us wherever you are. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background. Each individual case reviewed on its own merit.

RWANDAN YOUTH INFORMATION COMMUNITY ORGANISATION (rYico)

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Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico) is a UK registered charity that works to support and empower vulnerable young people in Rwanda. We do this through Centre Marembo, our youth resource in Kigali which supports young people who have been orphaned, neglected or left in very difficult conditions for a variety of reasons. rYico also works in the UK to increase social and cultural understanding about Rwanda. Latest news Short-term volunteering opportunity.

rYico is looking for an experienced person to work with us full-time for 2 months from April 2017 (subject to funding) to share their skills to help build the capacity of the organisation. Our current priorities are to support our social business garment production industry "African Sewing Club and Centre Marembo in Rwanda. We need volunteers who can support our fundraising activities in the UK. We also welcome applications from individuals who wants to volunteer in Rwanda with relevant experience and skills in fashion and garments making and eligibility to work in the UK and Rwanda. If you feel you have other skills that may be useful to the charity, please get in touch via email or call us on 01273 234 836.

UNIVERSAL FILM AND FESTIVAL ORGANISATION

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The Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO) was founded to support and implement a good business code of practice for film festivals and the film making community.

UFFO is a not-for-profit voluntary organization that brings together the highest quality of Film Festivals and the film making community by encouraging Film Festivals to become sound in principles and business practice.

UFFO is an open international organization with branches and festivals in many countries. Membership is entirely free and anyone can join UFFO and network with our online community.

CITY YEAR

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City Year UK challenges young people to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools. It's a year for 18 to 25-year-olds, from all backgrounds, to dedicate their talent to support children growing up in some of the most deprived areas of the country. It’s also a year for our volunteers to realise their own aspirations and grow as leaders, both through the achievements they'll share with pupils and through the invaluable training, coaching and development opportunities they receive during their City Year.

What you’ll do:
We train our young people (known as corps members) to give one-to-one tailored support to at-risk pupils. The pupils they work with often face emotional and social challenges, and it’s through helping them develop the skills they need to face these challenges, that our corps members are able to make a positive and lasting impact.

How you will support children:

• You’ll help improve pupils’ academic achievement, attendance and behaviour
• You’ll help pupils develop the skills they need to face emotional and social challenges
• You’ll provide one-to-one, tailored support to struggling pupils
• You’ll run after-school clubs and social action projects.
• You’ll organise events, celebrations and projects to bring the school and community together as a whole.

In return, you will gain ‘stand out’ experience and benefit from a tailored training and careers programme which is dedicated to ensuring you make the most out of your year, helping you to secure the job you want after City Year.

One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL UK SECTION

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Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a human rights organisation which was created in 1981. Our aim is to help create space in conflict zones so that the civilian population may organise to defend its rights without fear of reprisals and violence. PBI is an independent organisation not affiliated to any religious or political institutions. We are recruiting international observers to work in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Kenya to protect organisations and individuals who have requested our involvement. You must have a mature outlook, be fluent in Spanish for the Latin American projects and be able to make the minimum time commitment of 12 months (18 months for Colombia). PBI holds orientation weekends for potential volunteers. For more information please email us on admin@peacebrigades.org.uk. There are also volunteer opportunities available in the London office in the areas of outreach, fundraising, publicity, administration and advocacy.

THE COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. We signpost opportunities for participation through our website www.archaeologyuk.org, CBA Briefing (www.britisharchaeology.org/briefing), and the Training Online Resource Centre (TORC - www.torc.org.uk). We are a membership organisation, offering our members regular updates about the latest in British archaeology, subscription British Archaeology magazine, and opportunities for volunteering and special events through our regional networks. See http://new.archaeologyuk.org/join-us-today/.

TEENS UNITE FIGHTING CANCER

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Teens Unite is the only UK charity to provide ongoing support to young people, aged 13-24, with cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through to post-remission. We bring young people fighting cancer together to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness during such a difficult time.

Teens Unite provide workshops and activities - tailored to the needs, interests and capabilities of the young people we support - designed to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem so often lost in a battle with cancer. The events give the young people the opportunity to meet others of a similar age, in similar situations and build peer support networks that are so vital to their mental well-being and identity development at this crucial time.

We also help the young people prepare for a future beyond cancer which aims to give the young people the confidence and motivation needed to return to education or employment, the incentive to follow their aspirations and be responsible for making their own dreams come true.

We cannot change the fate of the young people we support, but we can ensure that they live the fullest life possible.

Our volunteers are part of our Teens Unite family and at the very heart of our organisation. Every hour that you can spare is vital to helping Teens Unite reach out to even more young people in need of our support, bringing young people fighting cancer together.

“I used to believe that having cancer meant nothing but negativity and that your quality of life is restricted. However, Teens Unite breaks that ideology and teaches that you can most certainly outweigh the negatives by many positives. There are no words to describe how grateful I am for Teens Unite taking me on and supporting me through this journey.” Joshua, Teen

VICTIM SUPPORT

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Victim Support is the independent charity for people affected by crime across England and Wales. We were set up over 40 years ago and have grown to become the oldest and largest victims' organisation in the world. Every year, we contact over 1.5 million people after a crime to offer our help. Volunteers help support and provide emotional and practical help as well as information to people affected by crime. We also have opportunities for office and fundraising work. We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background, all are considered based on the role, merit and all are subject to risk assessment.

Registered Charity No. 298028

Nacro

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With more than 50 years of experience, Nacro is a champion of social justice. We are evolving to meet society’s changing needs and to support a wider range of individuals.

Our knowledge and experience help the most vulnerable in the community to change their lives, and reach their full potential and aspirations. We make this possible by addressing social exclusion, inequality of opportunity and deprivation.

Throughout England and Wales, we deliver interventions which are consistently high quality, evidence-based and outcome-focused so that we can maximise our impact in communities.

Community RePaint

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Community RePaint is a network of over 70 individual paint reuse schemes across the UK, collecting leftover paint from members of the public, painters, retailers etc for redistribution to people and organisations in social need (who would otherwise be unable to afford it). In 2015 Community RePaint schemes diverted over 432,000 litres of paint, which would otherwise have been thrown away, to over 31,997 people and 2,477 community groups and organisations. Additionally the network supported 161 part and full time jobs, and 273 volunteer positions. Further information is available on our website www.communityrepaint.org.uk. Volunteers can be involved in a variety of different tasks including paint collection, sorting and paint redistribution plus publicity and promotions, driving and project management. The level of involvement in the project will be determinate upon the needs of the individual scheme. Volunteers with an offending background can be considered depending on the individual Community RePaint scheme (although it is unlikely that sexual or physically violent offenders would be considered).

Sense

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Sense offers a summer holiday programme that enables deaf and blind people to have fun, try new things and meet new people. Our holidays also give parents and carers a break.

The role of the volunteer is, as part of a team, to support deaf and blind people to get the most from the holiday. You will provide support to enable individuals to get involved in activities as well as supporting some or all aspect of their daily routine.

We are looking for volunteers who are committed and enthusiastic. We need people who are caring, patient, open minded, work well in a team and are willing to learn new skills. You need to have plenty of stamina, great interpersonal skills, respect and a good sense of humour!

At Sense we take safeguarding very seriously and only select volunteers who pass the relevant security checks. This includes two satisfactory references, a ten-year history check and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for Sense. An Enhanced Disclosure is necessary when volunteers work with children and vulnerable adults.

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